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About

A Versatile, Limited-Edition Sport Watch by Lesablier

The Lesablier Sport Classic is a premium watch carefully and thoughtfully designed by someone who has loved and collected watches all his life. 

This isn’t a watch that promises to change the world, disrupt the industry, or deliver limitless luxury for cheap. Rather, I designed the Sport Classic to be a personal reflection of what I value in a timepiece. I wanted to deliver a watch that would deliver fine craftsmanship and quality at a reasonable price. A watch that would be robust enough for extreme environments but refined enough for life’s finer moments. 

Most importantly, it had to be a watch with its own identity and soul.  

After extensive designing, prototyping, and testing, Lesablier’s sophomore effort is ready.

 There are no off-the-shelf elements here - every component of the Sport Classic was designed in-house and was custom molded specifically for us. The result is a rugged, elegant watch that brings a touch of haute-horologie at an affordable price.

Production Series

I do not believe in cookie-cutter watches. Lesablier is a small batch watch brand and I intend to keep it as such. When you own a Lesablier, you can confidently say that your watch is one of a very small number ever produced in the same style, and slightly different from any other Lesablier timepiece ever produced.

The Sport Classic is limited to exactly 100 timepieces per variation - no more, no less. Once they’re sold out, they will be discontinued. Each batch of 100 is a distinct “Series”. As this is the first batch of the Sport Classic, it bears the “Series A” mark on the caseback. Any future batches of the Sport Classic will be marked Series B, Series C, and so on and so forth. Each batch will be very different than the last.  

Every single Lesablier timepiece bears its own individual number on the dial and the caseback. Lesablier is one of the only watch brands to do this. It is critical that each and every timepiece has its own identity. In this way, each dial is slightly different than the last, making no two exactly the same. 

All our prototypes have serial numbers #000/100 or #101/100. In production, each watch will bear a different number.
All our prototypes have serial numbers #000/100 or #101/100. In production, each watch will bear a different number.

Versions

The Sport Classic comes in a variety of case finishes and styles. Below are descriptions of each variant, followed by more specific information about each version. 

Cases

I spared no expense in making the Sport Classic a premium timepiece. Its 3-part case features a variety of different angles, facets, and finishes. The juxtaposition between the different brushed finishes and the mirror-polished parts works to give the Sport Classic a truly distinctive personality. 

The case is available in 3 finishes: 

  1. Bare 316L Stainless Steel (300 cases)
  2. Ion Plated (IP) Black (100 cases)
  3. IP Yellow Gold. (100 cases)

The screw-down crown is knurled and polished around its circumference for easy grip. Its surface features a radial brush pattern with an enamel filled engraving of the brand’s namesake, “lesablier”, or French for "the hourglass".

The case is water resistant to 100 meters / 10ATM making it just as functional as it is beautiful. All Sport Classics are fitted with an exceptionally scratch-resistant sapphire crystal accented by a subtle blue anti-reflective coating inside. The caseback features a mineral crystal to display the movement. 

Our first render and original concept case. This is where the Sport Classic started
Our first render and original concept case. This is where the Sport Classic started
A later render of the Sport Classic, closer to the production version. I had to make some changes to the case design due to feasibility and water resistance. I also wanted a more robust look to the timepiece.
A later render of the Sport Classic, closer to the production version. I had to make some changes to the case design due to feasibility and water resistance. I also wanted a more robust look to the timepiece.

Dials & Hands

I created Lesablier dials to exhibit top quality and attention to detail, like the crisp, high contrast lume on the first watch, the 24-hour Aviateur VQ. While there are lots of well built timepieces on the market, I wanted these to be exclusive. 

Unlike any other brand, ALL Lesablier timepieces feature their individual production number right on the dial. This means that every single watch is ever so slightly different than the next. 

For the Sport Classic, we are only producing each colorway in a series of 100 units, meaning each dial bears an individual number in the following format “XXX/100”. 

The Sport Classic features four different dials in five different dial/hand variants, all accented with light-blue BGW9 Swiss Superluminova. 

Fumé Effect Ghost Dial

The Lesablier Ghost dial was designed in-house by us to become one of our trademark flourishes. 

It was designed to show off the movement while keeping it from overpowering the timepiece. This is achieved through a specially designed acetate dial that fades from opacity to transparency towards the center of the dial. The acetate material plays with the light very interestingly, its opacity changes from angle to angle, light to light. 

The Fumé effect Ghost dial is available on the “Moonlight” colorway with polished hands or on the “Nightfall” colorway with chrome black IP hands.  

"Nightfall" features an Ion-Plated black case and hands along with our "Ghost" dial.
"Nightfall" features an Ion-Plated black case and hands along with our "Ghost" dial.

Off-white Enamel “Panda” Style Dial

Enamel dials are usually seen exclusively on haute-horlogerie pieces. Building an enamel dial takes skill and know-how. They are made from colored enamel powder, baked in an oven to provide a milky, silky-smooth finish that will never fade. 

The Sport Classic “Ivory” variant is equipped with a genuine off-white enamel dial framed with a black minute track. The serial number and main indices are highlighted with pops of red. 

Cobalt Sunburst Dial & Eclipse Sunburst Dial

Pre-production prototype shown. See crown photo above for production version. Photo: TyAlexander Photography
Pre-production prototype shown. See crown photo above for production version. Photo: TyAlexander Photography

The Cobalt and Eclipse variations feature blue and black Sunburst dials respectively.

Both versions feature a sunburst finish on the majority of the dial while the sub seconds sectors are satin finished - an effect that adds a layer of dimension to the dial.

 The Straps 

All Sport Classics come with two straps: A water-resistant soft silicone “Sport” strap and a fine Italian leather “Classic” band.

Both bands are equipped with Capsa quick release spring bars, allowing you to switch between them in a matter of seconds without any tools. 

Sport Band

The Sport Band is designed with two goals in mind: comfort and durability.

The soft silicone material hugs the wrist and allows you to wear the timepiece for long periods of time without any stiffness or discomfort.

The Sport band is water and sweat resistant. It is tough enough to withstand rough handling in most situations. 

The Sport straps and their respective variants from left to right: Eclipse, Ivory/Cobalt, Nightfall Moonlight
The Sport straps and their respective variants from left to right: Eclipse, Ivory/Cobalt, Nightfall Moonlight

Classic Band

The Classic band is an exquisitely crafted Italian leather strap with suede lining. It is as comfortable as it is premium and elegant.

The Cobalt variation features a pebbled Azzuro leather band with white contrast stitching. The interior of the strap is lavishly appointed with a blue-grey suede lining.

Photo: TyAlexander Photography
Photo: TyAlexander Photography

All other variants feature our smooth Nero band with white contrast stitching. The lining is a smooth black suede material. 

The Movement

The Sport Classic is powered by a Miyota 8N40 automatic, a quality movement that has the unique distinction of being the only automatic skeletonized Japanese movement with a sub-second dial. 

Aside from being extremely reliable and easy to work on, the 8N40’s hand layout and skeletal decoration was a perfect fit for the aesthetic we were going for with the Sport Classic.

The Eclipse variant features the 8N40 “Gilt” variant to match the gold case while the others feature the standard nickel finish. 

Pre-production prototype pictured. See above photo for production caseback style. Eclipse and Nightfall will still feature golden and black casebacks respectively.
Pre-production prototype pictured. See above photo for production caseback style. Eclipse and Nightfall will still feature golden and black casebacks respectively.

 Specifications  

Below are detailed specifications describing the Sport Classic, as well as a cross-section detailing its many features.

Dimensions

With a 40mm case diameter and 13mm thickness, the Sport Classic hits the sweet spot in regards to watch sizing. 

Pricing

See the table below for Kickstarter and Retail pricing of the Sport Classic. I'm proud to be able to offer this timepiece at below $300 for Super Early Bird backers. 

Packaging & Warranty Information

While the timepiece itself is always most important, I wanted to make the delivery experience of the Sport Classic special. They say first impressions count, and I agree. 

The Sport Classic comes in a handmade wooden box with suede lining. The box is adorned in a matte Piano black paint with high-polish chrome accents. 

Our signature flourish on packaging is present: An aperture on the lid that looks onto the dial of your new watch. 

The Sport Classic is also covered by a 1-year international warranty that covers any sort of defect with your timepiece, no matter where in the world you are. 

Stretch Goals

The Sport Classic will have 4 tiers: 

Tier I) 

If we reach $27,500 worth of funding, we will include this soft velvet travel pouch to every single pre-order free of charge ($25 value).

Whether you want to take your Sport strap with you somewhere or simply need a place to keep your Sport Classic while traveling, this pouch is the perfect accessory for you. 

It will be available on our website for $25 after pre-orders wrap up.

Tier II) 

Based of popular demand, I am offering a stainless steel bracelet with a double-push button deployment clasp included with with every single Sport Classic if we hit $37,500 of funding. 

Needless to say, it is extremely rare for any watch to include 3 different bands, let alone on a watch below $500. 

While the prices on Kickstarter won't change, the Sport Classic's official post-Kickstarter/Pre-Order MSRP will be upped to $495 Steel / $505 Eclipse & Nightfall , making it even more of a bargain on Kickstarter. 

The new percentages after this MSRP bump would be as follows: 

  • 42.5% discount for Super Early Bird
  • 37% discount for Early Bird
  • 29% discount for Regular

Tier III) 

If we reach $47,500, I will introduce a new variant of the Sport Classic:

Supernova 

Supernova features the same case, strap and hands as the "Cobalt" variant, but is equipped with a breathtaking Aventurine dial that resembles the night sky. 

Once $47,500 is reached and Supernova is unlocked, it will be available at the following prices:

  •  $300 for Super Early Bird backers
  • $325 for Early Bird Backers
  • $380 for Regular Backers

If you have already backed, you would simply update your pledge to reflect the new amount based off your backing level. 

As the bracelet will be unlocked at this point, Supernova will come with it included. 

It will retail for $515 after Kickstarter and following pre-orders are over. 

Tier IV) 

At $57,500, you will be unlocking the most exquisite Sport Classic yet: 

Meteorite

Meteorite features a genuine meteorite dial with red accents. This version will have polished hands and the black Italian Leather Classic strap (as well as included black Sport strap and stainless steel bracelet). 

The Sport Classic Meteorite will be available after a funding goal of $57,500 is reached. Once unlocked, it will be priced as follows:

  • Our Super Early Bird backers can get it at $440
  • Early Bird Backers will be eligible to get it at $475
  • Regular Backers will get it at $540.

If this goal is reached, the Sport Classic Meteorite will be available after Kickstarter and Pre-orders for an MSRP of $675.

Conclusion

The Lesablier Sport Classic is a premium, limited production timepiece that is perfect for any occasion. 

When you own a Lesablier Sport Classic, you own a very rare watch. All variants of the Sport Classic are limited to only 100 pieces. Every single Sport Classic bears its own individual serial number on the dial, making each timepiece unique. 

With two included straps, the Sport Classic is a chameleon of a watch. You could wear it at a board meeting or put it through abuse going rock climbing on a hot day. It is an elegant, intricate watch that you will never feel afraid of wearing regardless of the situation. 

Designed completely from the ground up, there is no other watch like it. Every last component on the Sport Classic (excluding the movement) was designed and tooled specifically for us. 

In conclusion, the Sport Classic brings no promises of "disrupting the watch industry" or providing you "limitless luxury". In essence, it is just a quality watch designed by a fellow watch lover.

Risks and challenges

Working with a manufacturer on a timepiece like this has its risks and challenges.

There are many components on this watch that do not make perfect business sense, but I felt important to include. It's highly uncommon for a watch in this price range to have many of the features on the Sport Classic.

An example of this are the dials. Using special materials like enamel and acetate are tough enough, but having each dial be individually numbered is a task of its own. This added considerable complication in regards to cost, logistics and production.

Every component on this timepiece, from the straps to the hands, required custom tooling and molding. This means a very long and expensive research and development process and potentially longer delivery time.

These challenges are not small, but it is important that I face them. Everything I am working to provide is for the sole purpose of making as great of a watch as I can for you guys. I am a watch nut myself and I won't settle for anything less.

Here is what we are doing to justify these risks and overcome these challenges:

1) I have made steps to get ahead by already paying for all the tooling up front and out of pocket. As soon as this project is backed, I will be able to proceed directly into production.

2) I will work and communicate continuously with the manufacturers in order to get the watches made in timely fashion and to ensure that the specifications are up to mine and your expectations. If any updates need to be made, I will request them before its too late.

3) The quality and individuality of the timepieces speak for themselves. While they are expensive to make, I believe the things that make them costly to build will be appreciated by watch enthusiasts such as yourself.

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